GPS Mapping System
Brigade was one of four Rural Fire Service Brigades invited to a technology
forum at the Dept of Emergency Services at Kedron in 2007 to advance
the understanding of computerised mapping and the practical use of GPS
systems. Through the integration of satellite tracking technologies,
GPS hand held units and computer mapping programs; an important information
tool is now available for teams that are involved with managing fire
both in a preventative manner as well as in response to an incident.
The aim of the group consisting members of Crows Nest RFB, Samford RFB,
Kurirup RFB and Ripley valley RFB as well as GIS staff at Kedron was
ultimately to identify a new standard approach to utilising this technology
in the future in the management of wildfire. We would like to pass on
our gratitude to all team members for there shared knowledge and experiences
in this exercise. At the 2010 RFS Summit, the GPS mapping Toolkit was
launched. Research into technology extension will continue and Ripley
Valley RFB will be proud to help where it can.
built on our early documentation with learnings from this collaboration
group and developed the latest Brigade GPS Mapping Process. There is
also an Operational Guide for the Garmin 78s GPS Units. These documents
can be sourced through contacting the brigade.
Support Unit Trailer
brigade has finished a project which has seen the development of an
incident support unit trailer for use with remote IMT roles. The attached
document outlines the rationale and operating procedures for the ISU
trailer. Please Click
Here to access it.
Pressure Pump and Motor Trials
The Brigade has been trialling high pressure pump systems for a number
of years now. For rural fire fighting, diaphragm pumps are needed to
to handle inconsistent water quality. Early IZone appliances (Yankees)
in the Urban fleet had piston driven high pressure pump systems which
had higher maintenance issues; especially if utilised with water containing
grit. These newer systems with high pressure diaphragm pumps also use
a smaller 12mm rubber hose on one reel stand for long distance fire
attack (up to 100m). With a special nozzle, this solution is ideal on
low intensity, hard to reach fires such. The high pressure jet of water
pushes through thick or matted grass, knocks of bark, reaches high burning
trees, blasts a bare earth break and generally extinguishes vegetation
fires better than standard pressure systems. The other advantage is
a significant reduction in water usage which means the appliance can
remain active in the field a lot longer. The brigade has installed self
winding, self guiding hose reel stands onto both our Medium appliances
thanks to donations from the public.
medium appliances now feature a Quikcorp solution that utilises a 6HP
Diesel motor and Bertolini Pump. The high pressure pump (and main pump)
are connected to the main truck fuel tank and a panel arrangement has
been installed to block noise from the operator and allow them to stand
beside the truck instead of behind the truck out of sight of the driver.
The operator can control both pump motors from that location which also
reduces the risk of being impacted by traffic from the rear in smokey
conditions. An alarm and light activate if the truck tank reaches 25%
enhancements include a solid foam system, hydraulic quick release connections
and new nozzle technologies thanks to QuikCorp.
trials featured a 6.5HP petrol motor driving a small Comet pump system
which was mounted on a platform over the foam tank. This solution served
the Brigade well through several fire seasons as well as in the clean-up
efforts following the floods of 2011 but had issues arround robustness
and performance in some applications which the QuikCorp / Bertonelli
system have overcame.